Outreach magazine announces the resources chosen for recognition in its 7th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year issue, available now.

The Outreach Resources of the Year is a celebration of the best books, DVDs and curricula produced to help the Church and Christians reach out in areas such as evangelism, compassionate service and cross-cultural ministries.

Nearly 160 resources published between Nov. 1, 2008, and Oct. 31, 2009, were submitted to Outreach for consideration. Outreach editors narrowed the field to 110 nominees.

The magazine then enlisted the help of an expert for each of 12 categories. Each panelist independently evaluated the nominated resources in his or her area of expertise and selected the best. The experts had the discretion to choose how many resources to recognize in their categories.

The expert panelists identified a total of 25 Outreach Resources of the Year. They are:

EVANGELISM—Evaluated by Scot McKnight, the Karl A. Olsson professor in religious studies at North Park University in Chicago; member of the creative team for the Origins Project, a new evangelistic network; and author of 30 books, including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete) and A Community Called Atonement (Abingdon).


Learning Evangelism from Jesus
by Jerram Barrs (Crossway)

APOLOGETICS—Evaluated by Craig Hazen, founder and director of the Master of Arts program in Christian apologetics, director of the Master of Arts program in science and religion, and professor of comparative religion and Christian apologetics at Biola University; and author of The Village Enlightenment in America (University of Illinois) and Five Sacred Crossings (Harvest House).

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
by Gregory Koukl (Zondervan)

Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking about God Edited by Sean McDowell (Harvest House)

Heaven and the Afterlife by James L. Garlow with Keith Wall (Bethany House)

CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY—Evaluated by Outreach columnist Mark DeYmaz, directional leader of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Ark.; author of Building a Healthy Multiethnic Church (Jossey-Bass/Leadership Network) and Ethnic Blends (Zondervan); and head of Mosaix, a relational network to catalyze a multiethnic-church movement.

Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World by David A. Livermore (Baker Academic)

JUSTICE—Evaluated by R. York Moore, national evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA; author of Growing Your Faith by Giving It Away (InterVarsity); a national speaker primarily as a “justice evangelist”; and a modern-day abolitionist who has conducted “justice invitationals” in conjunction with the International Justice Mission, World Vision, the Not for Sale Campaign and other anti-slavery nonprofit organizations.

Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World
by Mae Elise Cannon (IVP)

The Justice Project Edited by Brian McLaren, Elisa Padilla and Ashley Bunting Seeber (Baker)

Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As An Ordinary Radical (Regal) by Shane Claiborne and John M. Perkins

COMPASSION—Evaluated by Scott Werner, director of church relations for child advocacy ministry Compassion International, which works to free children throughout the world from poverty.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (Moody)

The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning (David C. Cook)

LEADERSHIP—Evaluated by Gary McIntosh, speaker, consultant and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; founder and president of McIntosh Church Growth Network; and author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 13 books, including Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership (Baker) and Beyond the First Visit (Baker).

Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church
by Nelson Searcy with Jennifer Dykes Henson (Baker)

Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion by Wayne Cordeiro (Bethany House)

STATE OF THE CHURCH—Evaluated by Samuel Chand, leadership consultant and speaker; author or co-author of 11 books, including Weathering the Storm: Leading in Uncertain Times (Mall Publishing) and Futuring: Leading Your Church into Tomorrow (Baker); board member for EQUIP, a Christian leadership development organization; and president emeritus of Beulah Heights University in Atlanta.

Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement
by Mel Lawrenz (Jossey-Bass & Leadership Network)

Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church by Reggie McNeal (Jossey-Bass & Leadership Network)

CULTURE—Evaluated by Craig Detweiler, associate professor of communication and director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.; editor of the new book, Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God (Westminster John Knox); and blogger at PurpleStateofMind.com.

SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World
by Douglas Estes (Zondervan)

Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin (IVP)

The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community by Jesse Rice (David C. Cook)

PASS-ALONG RESOURCES—Evaluated by Eric Michael Bryant, elder, speaker and navigator at Mosaic in Los Angeles; member of the creative team of the Origins Project, a new evangelistic network; North America liaison for Mosaic Alliance, a global network to unleash creativity and innovation in the local church; and author of Peppermint-Filled Pinatas: Breaking Through Tolerance and Embracing Love (Zondervan).

The Karma of Jesus: Do We Really Reap What We Sow? by Mark Herringshaw (Bethany House)

The God Question: An Invitation to a Life of Meaning by J.P. Moreland (Harvest House)

SMALL-GROUP CURRICULA—Evaluated by Garry Poole, with input from a collection of friends and colleagues. Poole is a key evangelism leader at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill.; an innovator and worldwide consultant on seeker small groups; author of Seeker Small Groups: Engaging Spiritual Seekers in Life-Changing Discussions (Zondervan) and author or co-author of numerous study guides, including The Tough Questions series (Zondervan) and The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians (Zondervan).

The Sycamore Approach (DVD and Workbook) (Leafwood)

CHILDREN’S OUTREACH—Evaluated by Kendra Fleming, multicampus children’s ministry director at North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Ga., where she oversees ministries to more than 5,000 children each Sunday, and speaker at The Orange Conference.

Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving
(Event Kit) (Big Idea, Inc.)

YOUTH OUTREACH—Evaluated by Jason Gerdes, lead pastor of Revolution Church in Canton, Ga.; former student pastor at Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas, where the student church grew in seven years to reach more than 700 students across six campuses; and blogger at SermonShorts.com.

Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide by Reggie Joiner (David C. Cook)

nuChristian: Finding Faith in a New Generation by Russell E. D. Rathbun (Judson)

Fire Starter: Fuel Your Passion by Greg Stier with Jane Dratz (Dare2Share)

The Question of Homosexuality: A Conversation for Youth about Same-Sex Attraction (DVD) by Scott Davis (Harvest House)

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